Trump to Remove Sudan From List of Countries That Sponsor Terrorism

President said Sudan would pay victims of terrorist attacks; U.S. move could be precursor to ties between African nation and Israel

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to establish formal diplomatic ties in a dramatic U.S.-backed shift that signaled Tel Aviv’s warming ties with Gulf Arab states. The breakthrough gives each country and the U.S. a chance to reshape the region. Photos from left: Sean Gallup/Getty Images; Michael Reynolds/Press Pool; Emirates News Agency/Associated Press

WASHINGTON—President Trump said on Monday that he would remove Sudan from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism once it completes payment of a settlement to victims of terrorist attacks.

The move, which Mr. Trump announced on Twitter, would end more than 25 years of U.S. efforts to isolate Sudan and came as a possible precursor to the normalization of relations between the African nation and Israel, a move sought by the White House.

“GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families,” the president said. “Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!”

For Sudan, the agreement may help end decades of international isolation after the U.S. sanctioned it in the 1990s for harboring al Qaeda’s then-leader, Osama bin Laden, and assisting terror groups.

Since the ouster last year of its longtime dictator, Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s transitional government has pressed to improve its standing with the West, as it seeks billions of dollars in aid and funding to save its collapsing economy.

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